When franchise cornerstones continued their careers elsewhere rather than retiring, the results were often cruel: Willie Mays with the Mets, Johnny Unitas with the Chargers and Hakeem Olajuwon with the Raptors.
The former Jets quarterback, and one of the NFL's first genuine superstars, was born on May 31, 1943.
On January 12, 1969, Joe Namath backs up his guarantee and led New York to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts.
On January 2, 1965, the New York Jets made Joe Namath the highest paid rookie in pro football history.
NYC furrier Marc Kaufman says his phone has been ringing off the hook since Broadway Joe wore his jacket.
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